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Tom Hanks’ Best Movie Transformations, Ranked

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, known professionally as Tom Hanks, is an American actor and director who was born on July 9, 1956. He is one of the most well-known and recognizable movie performers in the world and is considered an American cultural icon. He is known for both his humorous and serious parts. Hanks is the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America, with his films having brought in more than $4 billion in the continent and more than $9 billion globally.

Hanks’ breakthrough came in a string of comedic movies with prominent leading parts, including Splash, Bachelor Party, Big, and A League of Their Own. He received two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for playing the lead roles in Forrest Gump and a gay lawyer with AIDS in Philadelphia. What’s more, Hanks has collaborated with Steven Spielberg on five films, including Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, and The Post, as well as the miniseries Band of Brothers, which gave him his first big break as a producer, director, and screenwriter.

In a 2022 live-action remake of the Disney film Pinocchio, Hanks will portray Geppetto, the man who gives Pinocchio life, a role he actually requested. Hanks told Entertainment Tonight, “The idea of taking on a treasured classic, as Disney’s Pinocchio, it’s an incredibly rich opportunity to revisit and go deeper into this great masterpiece.” It’s obvious he will do the film justice. Hanks has received six nominations and two Academy Awards wins. Here are his top eight most impressive movie transformations, ranked.


8 Forrest Gump

“Run, Forrest, run!” In the 1994 drama Forrest Gump, Hanks portrayed the title character in one of his most well-known performances. Among many other noteworthy careers, Forrest was a Southern gentleman who served in the U.S. Military. Even though he wasn’t the smartest of men, he was immensely likable. Hanks had a military-inspired buzz cut and a clean-cut appearance to fit the role. He spent the majority of the movie wearing khakis and plaid shirts. Hanks’ demeanor, appearance, and Southern accent while on-screen all contributed to transforming him into Forrest Gump.

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7 The Ladykillers

In the 2004 film The Ladykillers, Hanks played Professor G.H. Dorr. By changing his look for the part, he brought to life the mastermind of a casino robbery. The film is based on the 1955 film of the same name. In the 2004 version, Hanks had a goatee and the center of his hair was curled, giving him a scholarly academic appearance. A complementing bow tie and taupe suit rounded off his ensemble. In addition to his great acting abilities, his appearance was what gave him the most credibility as a casino robber from 1955, the year the movie is set.

6 Saving Mr. Banks


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